Performances: 2021 MTV #VMAs [Watch]

Published: Sunday 12th Sep 2021 by Rashad

After much ado and high anticipation, the Doja Cat-hosted 2021 MTV Video Music Awards aired live from New York’s Barclays Center on September 12.

As always, That Grape Juice provided you with the performances as they occurred!

Hop inside to check out showings from Lil Nas X, Chloe Bailey, Normani, Camila Cabello, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja, Shawn Mendes, and many more.



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  1. Fufu September 12, 2021

    Normani ATE!!!

    • Dc September 12, 2021

      Ummmm let’s be honest she did not eat s*** terrible

    • Holliewuud September 12, 2021

      Normani ate it up. I hate to say it but I was underwhelmed by Chloe. And it was kind of over the top in the ending. And was that a tampon string? She sis better than I could’ve tho so all good. But this performance was heavily beyonce influenced. I love and am rooting for her tho. She seems still immature a bit.

      • Holliewuud September 12, 2021

        I forgot to add that it did seem like Normani”s audio was shoddy. Lil nas x gave a pretty food performance, I feel like he needs to do LESS dancing and save that for the dancers. Soja cat is always changing it up which is refreshing.

    • marilyn monh-O-E (Da Real DIVA 👠) September 12, 2021

      Flopmani ate S H I T 💩

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021


    • T September 13, 2021

      sorry but both of them was soo emberassing they looking some like strippers and both of them try to become the next beyonce. It was terrible

      • Farrahs Luggage September 13, 2021

        Normani looked like a stripper? Wearing pants and tennis shoes?? Such a dumb comment. Chloe meanwhile was in a leotard singing “booty so big” for 4 mins with her literal ass out.

    • HELLOKITTY September 13, 2021

      @Fufu – There is a reason why MTV didn’t invite her. She doesn’t have star appeal. Her vocals lack. I’ll have to agree with the others who have relegated her to a dancer. I don’t see this kid going very far with her singing her career but best of luck anyways.

  2. Dc September 12, 2021

    I was riding for normani but that performance was terrible from the lypsincing to the bad arrangement I’m no longer defending her f** normani again that s*** was dry af even the dancing

    • Urg September 12, 2021

      Bish please u only pretended to give af about Normani cause she colabrated with Carfi B its not like u werever a fan

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      You must be deaf blind and dumb. Normani shut it TF down

  3. Really September 12, 2021

    I’m just not here for any of it. I rarely complain because I don’t always feel the need to compare old school versus new school but I was severely let down by each and every performance. I don’t see any star power from any of these artist at all. I don’t even think that my standards are too high I just don’t see it anymore.
    Obviously I would say Chloe and Normani we’re definitely anticipated performances. They weren’t bad at all but neither performance was great. But definitely better than every other performance so that’s not really saying much. They’re young and they living their dreams so they should be proud but I am done supporting mainstream music. I’ll stay in my corner with my indie people because there’s just no star power at all.

    • Holliewuud September 12, 2021


    • True Tea September 12, 2021

      Chile I feel the same exact way & I’m not one of those inviduals who feel the newer artist should re-create the Ol’ Skool.

      I love artist who create their own lane & are innovative. However I’m not seeing this in the Mainstream. There is no real Individuality meaning you’re getting the same artist/song over again.

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Normani wasn’t great? Y’all are haters. Had that been Adele giving that performance she would be #1 on the charts and receiving critical acclaim. Y’all are haters 🗣and we know why!

      • T September 13, 2021

        bro ot has nothing to do with haters she and cloe tryintg to be hard core the next beyonce she is not that wake up and yes i would prefer Adele,
        She dont try to be beyonce she is just herself they should stop with that beyonce hype no one can take them serious

      • DioraCouture September 13, 2021

        at least Adele would have sung LIVE…. neither Normani or Chloe sang live.

  4. Credits September 12, 2021

    Normani has definitely been paying attention to the naysayers criticizing her vocals. And although they were prerecorded, she showed some skill. Was that whistle tone??

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      She whistled in “dancing with a stranger” too.

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        Dumb àss, that was in the studio.
        We are talking about live.

    • Clarks0o00ñ September 12, 2021

      U are delusional.

      She was lip syncing.

      After all the hype and controversy, that’s the trash she served?

      • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

        “Prerecorded” idiot. Meanwhile Camila tried to hide her fat stomach by wearing a piñata.

  5. Keeping it real September 12, 2021

    Normani that was horrible.
    Shït sound like a karaoke performance

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Normani slayed! Rising on Spotify as we speak! Trending on Twitter. Receiving critical acclaim. Most talked about performance of the evening! 🙃🙃🙃🙃

  6. #Chlöe 💋DESTROYED💩mani September 12, 2021

    Chlöe DESTROYED Normani! I know that’s right! All eyes on my gurl Chlöe tonight! She stole flopmani’s spotlight. We love to see it! Have mercy hunnie🤣😂🤣😂

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Chloe was a tacky majorette who sang “booty so big” for 4 mins wearing a leotard with her ass hanging out like a cheap hooker. No artistry. No creativity. Chloe destroyed nothing except her morals and her character.

    • Fufu September 12, 2021

      Chloe wasnt seeing Normani, sorry. That boring pink outfit and Beyonce-esque butty popping made me even more sure she can never be Beyonce. Normani was giving “Bey who?” energy.

  7. Ugghh September 12, 2021


    The vets know how to perform!! New comers need to take notes. Do better, study the vets, and work harder. Everyone’s performance tonight was weak. All of them!! No matter who you’re a fan of you should expect more from them. The giving bare minimum. It’s not enough

  8. eric September 12, 2021

    Normani’s ending sampled Janet’s “Do You Mind” and had the same setup as Janet’s live tour performance of the same song, and the ending had a very direct sample of Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”. Add this to her Britney-inspired video for “Motivation” and it’s all just lazy copying. When will she create her own?

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Normani slayed! Rising on Spotify as we speak! Trending on Twitter. Receiving critical acclaim. Most talked about performance of the evening! 🙃🙃🙃🙃 Lazy is what you are. Did you exercise today?

      • Livelife&Learn&Forgive September 12, 2021

        I’m dying spotify is hilarious 😂 needs to rise in the top 10 of the 200.

      • Farrahs Luggage September 13, 2021

        Where’s Camila on itunes, spotify, apple music, and billboard? 🙂

  9. Credits September 12, 2021

    It’s great to see the young black females of R&b today, rock the VMA stage. I haven’t watched this show in a long time but I feel like the last time r&b was embraced on this stage was Beyoncé’s love on top performance and even that is kind of pop. This is a moment for black females who make r&b music, especially Normani’s song. The only comparison I’m going to make is that while these girls did great, they still can’t hold a candle to their predecessors, Beyoncé, Ciara, Or Amerie for that matter. All of whom could execute strenuous choreography and deliver live vocals at the same time. I’ve seen Tinashe do this.

    • Holliewuudd September 12, 2021

      AGREED. Tinashe is so underrated. And I’ve seen her live and she’ll be here this week performing. She would’ve ate it up. Busta definitely was the best by a MILE.

  10. Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

    NORMANI IS THE ONLY STAR OF THE NIGHT!! Argue with ya mama!!

  11. Clarks0o00ñ September 12, 2021

    So who is the better performer

    Camila or normani

    U can be the judge

    Normani was lip syncing AGAIN.
    No energy
    No stage presence
    No vocals

    Cultural reset indeed

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Camila wife an actual piñata to cover her stomach. Nobody is talking about that flop song that’s about to fall off the charts. Also the critics panned Cinderella 😂😂

  12. Clarks0o00ñ September 12, 2021

    Where is fl0pmani’s energy?

    Even her facial expressions, she looked bored

    Compare her with Camila

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Camila was dressed as a piñata to cover the 35lbs she gained. Let’s not talk about appearance or stage presence. Your fave was on stage serving Taco Bell 🙃

  13. Clarks0o00ñ September 12, 2021

    Normani stans from Twitter kept on bragging just like shacarri

    Now she had the worst performance of the night
    Shes done..

    Camila even out-danced her.

    Look at Camila’s performance
    Flashy costumes
    Vocals, mic was ON
    Look at her facial expressions. Shes having a good time and enjoying herself

    Unlike normani who looks bored .
    Always acting like she dont wanna be there.
    This is the same girl that was harassing mtv to give her a spot

    • Credits September 12, 2021

      I respect that her mic was on but when they gave the mic back to her towards the end, she struggled on that note she belted out. Real talk.

    • Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

      Camila was dressed as a piñata to cover the 35lbs she gained. Let’s not talk about appearance or stage presence. Your fave was on stage serving Taco Bell 🙃 You’re mad because nobody is talking about Camilas performance 😂😂😂😂😩

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        Camila was the best dressed of the night in her Couture gown.
        She is rich
        Networth – 14 million

        She can that ugly black rat u stan multiple times over. 😂😂

        I took a break from this blog and yall started growing wings, talking shìt about my girl.

        Well IM BACK.
        Try me bìtch.

        U need to worry about flopmani who was caught faking a whistle note.
        Best performance of the night indeed.

    • 👑 Shayla 👑 September 13, 2021

      Normani did more choreography than Camila

  14. Credits September 12, 2021

    Damn, Alicia sounds rough….

    • Keith September 12, 2021

      @Credits: And she was doing SO GOOD. Somebody needs to tell her “full voice” is NOT her lane.

  15. Farrahs Luggage September 12, 2021

    🗣🗣Everytime Normani does anything the girls are mad. We see why. Because she overshadows your faves. Your insecurities are showing.🗣🗣

  16. Munchie September 12, 2021

    Normani and Chlöe SHUT IT! Despite the HORRIBLE camera man! If that was Beyonce, those angles would’ve been on point and cinematic asf! VMA’s knew what they were doing. Blacks can’t ever fully win. But either way! You can tell they brought the energy! And Oddly…….. and for the first time ever…. I wasn’t really feeling Doja’s performance…. she’s still a phenomenal performer though.

    But AGAIN! Normani & Chlöe stole the night! Congratulations ladies! I hope they’re invited to perform at the Grammys this year… they definitely left us wanting more… especially the haters lol. PERCHED lol.

    • Keith September 12, 2021

      @Munchie: I felt the same way about Doja. This was her weakest effort. I think she overused the lighted ring…but I’m sure she will bounce back. Still ahead of the other girls in creativity.

    • DioraCouture September 13, 2021


      the grammys usually have NOMINATED ONES perform….if you think either one of those songs will be nominated you are in for a rude awakening.

  17. Keith September 12, 2021

    As someone who wanted the “new” girls to give me something, I must say none did. Not “wowed” by any of them. That being said, Doja won for creativity and staging. Overall, Busta (as MUCH as I HATE to admit it) was the best performance. I agree with the posters that said the new girls were too much copy cat and not enough innovation. Chloe’s pacing and timing was ALL WRONG and she was too close to Beyonce for comfort; Normani pushed hers into the redzone by bring out Janet’s prop (not necessary AT ALL). Both Chloe and Normani need new creative teams to truly evolve. I will keep watching the new girls, but tonight didn’t “anoint” anyone. Doja keeps the live performance lead. Camilla, Ozuna (cute bears, tho), and Lil NasX were the weakest elements of their performances, which is NEVER a good sign. Time will tell…

  18. Keith September 12, 2021

    Busta was the best performance overall, but Doja still wins in the “new girls” category. She was the only one who displayed any creativity/”give me something to SEE”. Camilla, Ozuna, and Lil NasX were the weakest elements of their own performances.

    • Clarks0o00ñ September 12, 2021



      Normani was the worst performer of the night.
      She is done

      No energy
      Boring facial expressions
      Lip syncing

      The more u guys hype her, the more people realise how untalented she really is.

      Camila ate her up. Lol

  19. Livelife&Learn&Forgive September 12, 2021

    Normani was a mess oh lord jesus.

  20. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 12, 2021

    Chlöe DESTROYED Normani!

    ^^^ I just wanted to co-sign what a previous poster said. I watched normani first then Chloe cuz I knew I was saving best for last. The latter was actually LIVE 😂 and ALIVE… not dead and insomnia-curing like Normani

  21. Paulo September 12, 2021

    LNX! Busta Rhymes! Normani! CHLÖE! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Doja did great with a song that’s meh. Little Olivia was cute

    You know who had the worst performance of the night with that weird cackling on the mic until Machine Gun Kelly came thru wow one of the worst endings to a VMA ever

  22. J September 13, 2021

    Lil Nas XXX! 🥵

    U better serve us Gay Sexxx on TV!!!

    She said C is for cummshots 💦 lol 😂

  23. Pat September 13, 2021

    The gp is dragging Chlöe She has the hunger and talent but she has to not be Beyoncé jr. it won’t work. Not if Beyonce is still supposed to be that girl too

    Normani got everything she needed out of her performance tonight

  24. Jay September 13, 2021

    The lack of talent! What a fiasco

  25. Sandra September 13, 2021

    I have to give a clap for Doja, always giving something new visually to keep you interested and engaged. Although I’m not a fan of Camila and her song from the soundtrack to Beetlejuice 2, the performance was cute (although not the singing).
    Now, after the release of Aaliyah’s music on streaming services, and people question her start quality, it’s clear that 20+ years later the girls could never.
    Janet the blue print, referenced by Aaliyah & Britney, after all the fuss, Normaini gave this lacklustre show that started nowhere and ended up nowhere. She would’ve been better debuting a new track.
    Chloe was the same. She plagiarised Beyoncé instead of referencing and I wasn’t sold.
    I also have to say, I’m all for women’s expression, but a lot of the outfits were one note. It was the same thing in different materials and colours.

    • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

      Thank u for being honest.

      Cause folks on Twitter are f****ììng delusional. Calling normani the best performance of the night.

      Those fake àssss vocal runs. All were pre recorded.
      She doesnt even know how to pretend and act like she’s singing live.

      Even the whistle note, so fake.
      She had no energy
      Her facial expressions looked bored, like she doesn’t wanna be there.

      Even her dancing was not good.
      This is a girl that harassed mtv and forced them to give her a slot at the show.

      Atleast Camila was colourful
      It had energy
      Her facial expressions were cute
      Her costumes were different
      And her mic was ON

  26. AnonymousTruth September 13, 2021

    I mean… let’s be honest . Normani could’ve just played her video. I guess that’s what happens when your give 2minutes notice that you’re going to perform lol. But it was not exciting at all. She did nothing more than the obvious. Yeah the ending was a twist , but was it interesting enough for the VMA’s ? No.: save that sh!t for a tour.
    Ya’ll ragging on Chloe; but her performance was actually way more exciting, high octane & present than Normani’s. Normani’s could’ve just been a dance group .:: Chloe you could tell she was a star. Just the way I saw it folks.

  27. No-one September 13, 2021

    The comments here are so dark and toxic! The constant bashing and comparing of Chloe and Normani! I have not ONCE seen two white girls compared, or the white male performers compared! You pretend you want them to win in the industry but at the expense of a similar peer failing! THEY CAN BOTH THRIVE AND EXIST! They both did great! They got up and performed, how many of you can even do an 8 count! Damn!

    • Fufu September 13, 2021

      you got a point, we give our black sisters too much pressure.the white girls get praised for doing half as much. we are a very toxic race.

  28. Nicky September 13, 2021

    Camicky is once again overshadowed by Mani. No one is talking about Camicky 🤣🤣🤣

    It’s so sad yet funny

    • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

      Over shadowed?
      Ur girl was caught lip syncing

      Milli vannili s***

      That’s whistle note was so fake. Lol
      She dont even know how to lip sync good

      • Farrahs Luggage September 13, 2021

        You realize Camila was lipsynching right? You think she was able to give live vocals wearing a girddle to cover her weight gain? Boy bye. Nobody is talking about Camila’s taco performance, and that’s why you’re mad. Movie flopped, song flopped, and now I cant wait for her third album to flop. She’ll be pulling Meghan Training “Treat Myself” album numbers LOOOOOOL!!!!!

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        Just because ur faces is a lip sync assassin that doesn’t mean everyone is

        Normani lip sync that whistle note
        She didnt even make it believable.
        Milli vanilli

        The penny will soon drop, dont worry.
        It’s only a matter of time.

        Everybody is talking about normani’s performance, how bad it was.
        Her poor lip synching skills.
        Dead eyes, low energy, zero charisma.

        Even her dance moves yall like hyping, she didnt dance well.

        Number one movie on amazon
        Number 1 video on demand movie in America
        Most talked about movie on google, surpassing shang chi, a whole marvel movie
        1.1 million house holds tuned in to watch for just 4 days.

        Flop where?

        Dont go yet ( A SOLO SONG)
        Charted in 25 countries
        88 million streams

        Wild side featuring cardi b, the biggest female rapper at the moment
        38 million streams
        Charted in only 4 countries overseas .
        All that Twitter hype and for what?

        Normani looks sad its because the label is planning on dropping her according to reports.😂

      • UHoesFunny September 13, 2021


        Child not Camicky psycho fan talking about Cinderfella da number #1 movie in America 💀🙄 ahhhh a fckn lie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 that trashy low budget ass film didn’t even cracked Amazon records. It is the LOWEST rated film on the platform and holds a SOLID 43% on rotten tomatoes by the TOP critics. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 in the words of babygirl TRY AGAIN…

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        43 percent on rotten tomatoes, ok and?

        The movie received mix reviews but Camila’s performance received positive reviews

        Cuban American pop star Camila cabello makes her acting debut with considerable style and comedy chops- deadline

        Camila brings comedy and charm – sun

        Camila cabello is a magnetic screen presence- variety

        I can keep going.
        U really thought u did something did u?

        My girl has started her acting career and she has cashed her Jeff Bezos check 😌

        Normani on the other hand can even kick start her music career
        All that Twitter hype and shes still tanking
        The year is almost over, no album out

        Now they have exposed her for lip syncing those whistle notes during her bland vma performance

      • UHoesFunny September 13, 2021

        🤣🤣🤣🤣 how pathetic. Hell no 43% films are a NO GO in Hollywood. But the difference is, her film was made in a backyard 😂 Sony sold her film to Amazon Studios because “Hollywood” didn’t think it was worthy, turn out they were RIGHT 🤣🤣🤣🤣 that movie was so awful and her acting was subpar 💀 stop trying to make “fetch” happen…it won’t work Gretchen lmfaoo. None of that movie made any sense. Critics ATE it alive, hopefully it’s a win next time cuz chiiile

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        The way I clear u, now ur repeating urself.

        It doesn’t matter if critics didnt like the movie,
        Camila received positive reviews for her acting,
        I know u mad MAD about that
        The reviews are there

        Do u want me to pull out more reviews, one thing about me, I always come with receipts , I dont play.

        Camila has its bright spots
        Camila does a capable job in her feature film debut- Washington post

        Camila cabello makes her acting debut, offering a very assured performance, she shows a knack for humour as well as charm – metro

        The movie is also doing numbers for amazon

        Now back to normani who was caught faking a whistle note
        She couldn’t even make it believable.
        She cant sing well
        She cant lip sync well


        The tear is almost over, where is her album
        4 years of going solo no album out
        All the Twitter hype and for what

  29. #TheTruth September 13, 2021

    Normani is quite the hypocrite.
    Stating she wasn’t singing much in 5H, whining about not being booked for the VMAs.
    Once she gets what she wants, her mic is barely on, she doesn’t sing, shakes her a$$ as usual. And uses the predictable girl on girl action to create some poor controversy. Instead of letting her « talent » speak for itself.
    We’ll talk again in 2025 when her EP is out.

    • AnonymousTruth September 13, 2021

      This ! – I’m cackling 🤣🤣🤣😂

    • Farrahs Luggage September 13, 2021

      You’re mad everyone is talking about Normani’s performance. Stay mad 🙂 She’s not going anywhere.

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        Everybody talking about flopmani buts it’s not translating into sales , why is that?

        The year is almost over, no album out

        Wild side had a cardi feature but ut only charted in 4 countries overseas

        Black Twitter hyping that ugly bàb00n bìtch up even after she was exposed for lip syncing.

        Normani’s discography is 15 minutes long , she shouldn’t be flopping like this.

      • UHoesFunny September 13, 2021

        😂😂😂😂 the jokes write themselves. Riddle me this, are CaBloata’s performances and gimmicks translating into sales?!! We all kno the answer 🤣🤣🤣🤣 just keep your mouth shut. You were REAL quiet during the Cinderfella first week run…I wonder why. Cuz she didn’t live up to your delusional hype 😂😂😂 I can’t stop laughing. Your fav is a bucket 🪣 and she owns it

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        My girls dont need gimmicks or sympathy or pity like normani

        I was busy that’s why I didnt come on this blog.
        I have a life. I haven’t even watched the Cinderella film cause I’m busy.

        Cinderella achievements

        #CinderellaMovie is the #1 streaming movie in America.

        Over 1.1 million US households watched #CinderellaMovie during its first 4 days, according to @samba_tv.
        Biggest musical of 2021 so far

        Biggest streaming debut for a musical since Hamilton

        Number 1 social engagement film in America

        Gurl I can go on and on.

        Where is normani album
        Pls we want answers no excuses .
        Your girl can even lip sync right.
        That whistle note was fake as hell. 😂
        A whole dancer who think she can have a singing career. Lol

        I took a break from this blog and yall started talking shìt in the comments.
        I’m about to clear yall.
        IM BACK

      • UHoesFunny September 13, 2021

        No you haven’t even watched it 🤣🤣🤣🤣 IM SCREAMING 😭😭 ur embarrassed to watch. It’s soooo cringe. You might not be a fan anymore once you see 🤣🤣🤣🤣 she had ZERO celebs in attendance to the premiere. ONLY the cast and crew! How fckn embarrassing lmfaooo. Save yourself the headache and NEVER watch this film. BIG MISTAKE on Camicky’s part 💀 no way in HELL she got any residuals for dis 😂😂😂

      • Clarks0o00ñ September 13, 2021

        “No you haven’t even watched it ”

        Cause I am busy, unlike u who has nothing going on for them in their life

        The way I cleared u out.

        U thought u did some by posting ritten tomatoes score

        My girl received positive reviews on her acting debut from critics and viewers.
        Camila will always gonna win.

        My girl is attending the met gala tonight, so stay tuned.
        Booked and busy.

        Normani faking a whistle note
        She couldn’t even make it believable.
        She couldn’t fool anybody.

        Black Twitter hyping her up even tho she cant sing for shìt

  30. HELLOKITTY September 13, 2021

    I like Lil Nas X’s performance the best. That Shawn guy comes across as really fruity. (shrugs). His g/f’s performance was good. (She sang live and sounded good so you can’t hate too much.)

    I think I may just be too old (God I can’t believe I typed that) for award shows because these snippets didn’t really do much for me.

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